A radiogram stands proud in the corner of Miss Letty’s immaculate front room. Gathered around are her family and friends, full of questions about her life and determined to give her the send-off she deserves. As they delve into her photo album and record collection, they are transported back to her arrival in Britain from the Caribbean in 1948, and the beginning of an incredible story.

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush, Sorrel & Black Cake: A Windrush Story is a well-spiced helping of music, movement and oral history, inspired by Caribbean and black British heritage and tales of the Windrush Generation.

Past Performances

Sorrel & Black Cake: A Windrush Story premiered at the Mandela Centre, Leeds on Friday 22nd June and was also performed at Room 700, Leeds Central Library on Saturday 23rd June. There was a scratch performance at Words in the City at the Carriageworks Theatre on 13th May.

Sorrel & Black Cake also appeared at the Ilkley Literature Festival on Friday 5th October 2018. The production’s visionary creatives, poet and theatre-maker Khadijah Ibrahiim and composer/musician Christella Litras, discussed their inspiration, performed extracts and presented never-before seen footage of interviews which inspired the production.

All performances of Sorrel & Black Cake have been made possible through funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots Programme, the Emerald Foundation and Leeds City Council arts@leeds, for which we are hugely grateful. Thanks also to all our project partner organisations; Caution Collective, Creative Learning Partnerships, Leeds Young Authors, Peepal Tree Press, Molineaux Productions, RJC Dance and the Windrush Foundation.
Sorrel & Black Cake: A Windrush Story (Trailer)
Sorrel & Black Cake in performance at the Mandela Centre, photos by Tim Smith

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